After a… smashing workout tonight (fast-paced kettlebell snatches, followed by hard thrashing of the heavy bag, followed by LCCJs), I settled down to recover by watching a couple of episodes of The Muppet Show on DVD.
First I watched the episode with Liberace. Enjoyable playing and a lot of humor. As a kid watching him on variety shows such as The Muppet Show, he always stuck me as a bit strange, though he seemed gentle and kind-hearted (though I would never know what went on backstage, of course). And for some reason, it was always a treat to see him on a TV show, somewhere.
The next episode I watched was with Loretta Lynn as the guest star. Now–in spite of all that Hee-Haw I watched growing up (I’m still convinced my dad watched ‘coz of the gorgeous girls on there… 🙂 ), I was never much of a country music fan. However, every now and then something catches my ear, such as John Anderson, or of course Johnny Cash, or Roger Miller.
Never paid much attention to Loretta Lynn, though. However, hearing her on The Muppet Show was really enjoyable. Her heavily accented, clarion voice was perfectly suited to powerfully belt out peppy, up-beat (even when whinin’) country ballads. Such that I hadn’t appreciated before, but do now.
Witness her hamming up the country-folk stereotype of “One’s On The Way”:
Wow. Now that’s a voice.